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Cnas view of Cna/students

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I've been a Cna for 2 years. Currently I work as a Cna in a ltc facility as well as a pct in a hospital. I was generally well treated by my peers. I'm also a rn student with three semesters to go. I noticed that once I started nursing school in January my Cna coworkers started being almost disrespectful to me. Nurses at both facilities have been great and have been showing me different things to help with school. I haven't done anything different to my fellow cnas and I in no way view myself as a nurse yet. Any ideas on what I should do?

Been there,done that, ASN, RN

Has 33 years experience.

Yes, get used to it.

They're jealous. Think of it as growing that thick skin you will need in nursing.

Pangea Reunited, ASN, RN

Has 6 years experience.

I've been a Cna for 2 years. Currently I work as a Cna in a ltc facility as well as a pct in a hospital. I was generally well treated by my peers. I'm also a rn student with three semesters to go. I noticed that once I started nursing school in January my Cna coworkers started being almost disrespectful to me. Nurses at both facilities have been great and have been showing me different things to help with school. I haven't done anything different to my fellow cnas and I in no way view myself as a nurse yet. Any ideas on what I should do?

When I see this happen, it's generally because the nursing student is acting like a nursing student at work instead of focusing on WORK. Make sure you're not reviewing labs while call lights are ringing. Make sure you're not spending time with "great nurses" who are helping you with school when patients need to be turned or fed. Remember, you are a CNA at work- not a student.

Your post a month ago says you are an RN.

So which is it?

OrganizedChaos, LVN

Specializes in M/S, LTC, Corrections, PDN & drug rehab. Has 10 years experience.

Oh yeah, you were the one concerned about the CNA/RN student & how he acted. So was that post about you perhaps?

roser13, ASN, RN

Specializes in Med/Surg, Ortho, ASC. Has 17 years experience.

Very strange indeed, OP. (From your previous post)

"I'm a fairly new RN at a hospital and recently I've had to work with a male Cna who is also new. After working with him for I've noticed one thing. He has a massive insecurity complex about his position. I don't understand because he's a year into his program and extremely intelligent. He actually knows more at the level he's at then some of the actual nurses and I'm not sure how. Is there anyway to get this chip off his shoulder? I hear him tell pts all the time when they ask if he's their nurse "no I'm just an aide". Sometimes " nope..I'm just a lowly aide" .

is this normal?"

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 15 years experience.

This thread has been moved to the CNA / MA forum to stimulate more responses. We wish you the best of luck at work and with your future educational endeavors.

Straight No Chaser, ASN, LPN

Specializes in Sub-Acute. Has 5 years experience.

Assuming you posted the previous question as hypothetical, (although I would advise against that since it makes you look like a liar) I will answer.

Be sure you aren't acting differently towards them or making it seem like nurses are better than CNAs. They may be more educated, but each role plays an important part.

Aside from that, they could be jealous like a PP stated, but if it seems to be all of them I would first re-examine your interactions and behavior to be sure you aren't coming across in a negative light.

Valcorie34

Specializes in Skilled Rehab Nursing. Has 3 years experience.

I am a CNA and working toward nursing degree. But i will admit as a CNA we usually get annoyed when nursing students come through. Not at all of them BUT a great deal either act like they are above your job. Or the have my resident for the day then presume to boss me around like i dont know what i am doing. One example a lady i care for with lots of contractures and pain is the last one up for meals and first one down. If she os up too long she is really hurting. The student left her up an extra 45 min. I didnt see them so i laid her down, they found me chastised me then got their instructor as they couldnt have her lie down after she ate. But she was sitting elevated in bed. I am good at my job, i am a mentor and train new aids.

Main point is dont be a know it all nursing student. Retain your humility, be friendly and respectful, pitch in when there is work to be done. Things will go fine with your peers.